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Harmony of Expression: Exploring Social and Emotional Development in Middle Childhood Through Expressive Art Approaches

Harmony of Expression: Exploring Social and Emotional Development in Middle Childhood Through Expressive Art Approaches

About This Webinar

This webinar weaves together foundations of social emotional development during middle childhood (6-12 years old) and the role of expressive art in nurturing their overall development, particularly within the context of transitions, grief, and loss. Presenters will focus on the principles, foundations, and evidence-base of expressive art approaches, including techniques for fostering self-awareness, empathy, and interpersonal skills. Participants will also discover how art-based methods facilitate self-expression and communication and how those methods can be applied even by those with limited background in art therapy.

Learning Objectives:

In this webinar we will:
1. Identify at least one social and emotional challenge faced by individuals during middle childhood (6-12 years old) relating to issues of transition, grief, and loss.
2. Gain an introductory understanding of the potential of artistic expression to support youth social and emotional development.
3. Describe at least one principle of art-based work and its effectiveness in addressing emotional regulation, identity formation, and relational dynamics.
4. Understand the foundational principles and actively explore at least one form of art-based medium as a tool for processing and expressing emotions with working with young people.


Image of Dr. Kevin Tan, presenter, an Asian man standing outside wearing a suit with an orange and blue tie

Dr. Kevin Tan

Dr. Kevin Tan brings over six years of hands-on experience as a school social worker to his current role in academia. His research centers on enhancing social-emotional learning across K-12 populations. Dr. Tan collaborates closely with parents, educators, and school administrators to promote youth identity, agency, and a sense of belonging in support of positive youth development.

Ms. Felicia Li, presenter, an Asian woman sitting on a couch smiling wearing a navy dress

Felicia Li, MSW, LCSW

Felicia Li is a licensed clinical social worker with two decades of clinical experience spanning diverse populations. Her direct service experience with children and youth at an urban residential mental health facility sparked her realization of the transformative power of engaging young individuals through the creative process. Specializing in Expressive Arts Therapy, Felicia is passionate about its ability to facilitate emotional exploration beyond verbal communication, catering to individuals of all artistic levels.

Continuing education credit is available.


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